Democratic and Republican negotiators said on Monday night that they have reached “an agreement in principle” on a spending bill that would avert a second partial government shutdown set to begin on Saturday, but lawmakers must now get the legislation through Congress and signed by President Trump, reports Politico.
“We’ve had a good evening. We’ve reached an agreement in principle between us on the Homeland Security and the other six bills,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) told reporters.
The breakthrough came after the top members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committee, Sens. Shelby (R-Ala.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Reps. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Kay Granger (R-Texas), met three times on Monday night in a last-ditch effort to get a deal.
“We worked it out in principle. We think it’s going to work,” Shelby added.
“I think everyone will say good work,” Granger said.
The Hill adds:
Shelby said the agreement includes funding for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, but declined to say how much the agreement is for or whether it’s more than the $1.6 billion included in the Senate’s initial Homeland Security bill.
There were signs that a break-through was imminent earlier Monday evening when Shelby and Leahy, standing side by side as they spoke to reporters, said they were closing in on a deal and could wrap up talks before Tuesday.